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Smarter Balanced Writing Rubrics for ILEARN--FOUND!

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

Clarity is one of my favorite words, and it's also something that will cause me extreme agitation when it's not present.

Teachers and school leaders know that one of the keys to supporting learning is to share clear learning intentions (objectives, I can statements, etc.) with students. We know that these learning intentions should be centered on state standards, communication goals, or social-emotional learning.

We also know that as real clarity in learning is created not only when learning intentions are shared, but also, when success criteria is clear and present (perhaps without the danger). We spend time creating or searching for rubrics and student exemplars, because we want to show our students examples of their targets.

Providing clarity by examining success criteria is not cheating, nor is it "giving away the answers." In fact, it's a highly effective learning strategy with an effective size of .84 (yielding nearly two years growth in one year of time).

Knowing this, we naturally want to find rubrics (if provided) that will help us identify the writing skills to focus on with our students. And if your students take any number of state assessments that use Smarter Balanced rubrics, you'll want to find those.

In 2022, most students in grades 3-8 in Indiana will take ILEARN, and this state assessment also uses Smarter Balanced rubrics to assess student writing prompts.

Teachers do not have the time to spend searching through online resources that have been rearranged. If you are looking for Smarter Balanced rubrics, you can either:

  1. Choose your grade and ELA

  2. Then, click on the Performance Task bullet point that does not appear to take you anywhere (but it does!)

  3. When a table appears, click on VIEW

  4. Under several body paragraphs of text, you will then click on Continue to item specification

  5. Scroll to pages 85-87 of the 87 page PDF

  6. on image below

This link to the Smarter Balanced Performance Task Scoring Rubrics provided by Ohio (thanks Google!) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. This is the exact same rubric you'll find on page 85 of the 87 page PDF document from Indiana, just, exactly how you want to find it.


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Marissa Tinkle
Marissa Tinkle
Feb 01, 2023

Do you know if the IDOE releases rubrics for extended response MATH questions?

Carrie Rosebrock
Carrie Rosebrock
Feb 03, 2023
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I do not know--but! I would recommend that you reach out to Courtney Flessner--she's a very well-known math specialist and the current Assistant Director of Keep Indiana Learning. She would be a wonderful resource!

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